Featured Texas listed artist Mollie Crowther or not?

Discussion in 'Art' started by 916Bulldogs123, Mar 11, 2018.

  1. 916Bulldogs123

    916Bulldogs123 Well-Known Member

    Mollie L. Vining Crowther was active/lived in Texas, Louisiana. Mollie Crowther is known for landscape paintings-Texas bluebonnets, teaching.

    Could these be from her?

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    Mine are miniatures 5" x 7" canvas glued to board.
    Here is one of hers I found. the sig looks the same.

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  2. Bakersgma

    Bakersgma Well-Known Member

    Did you see the one on Worthpoint (where they actually have a way to see a closeup of the signature?) I'd say yes.
     
  3. rink28

    rink28 Active Member

    Looking at some of her other works online the signature looks kind of the same but the painting itself looks different. Yours doesn't look as detailed as some of the ones online. Could be someone trying to copy her work
     
  4. 916Bulldogs123

    916Bulldogs123 Well-Known Member

    Yes and so far a few others. I am sure now.
    These were framed together in one cheap frame and I hesitated because i couldn't find anything searching on my phone in the thrift. I am glad i grabbed them.
     
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  5. 916Bulldogs123

    916Bulldogs123 Well-Known Member

    I see what you mean on some of her works, But then there are others not so detailed.

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  6. johnnycb09

    johnnycb09 Well-Known Member

    It could be she did this painting later in life. I agree its not as crisp as the others.Pretty though,and texans love bluebonnet anything!
     
  7. anundverkaufen

    anundverkaufen Well-Known Member

    They're fine Mikey, nice pick! Unless they're soiled badly a little Grumbacher restorer would help, they'd pop at least a little more and being unframed isn't helping.
     
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  8. 916Bulldogs123

    916Bulldogs123 Well-Known Member

    I had never heard of Grumbacher before.
    I'm sure they need to be cleaned and brightened up.
    They are probably 100 years old. As she died in 1927
     
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  9. 916Bulldogs123

    916Bulldogs123 Well-Known Member

    A little cleaning, frames, and better lighting makes a big difference.

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  10. johnnycb09

    johnnycb09 Well-Known Member

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    cxgirl Well-Known Member

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  12. 916Bulldogs123

    916Bulldogs123 Well-Known Member

    Just a little soapy water on a towel. Small areas then wiped clean with damp cloth and dried.
     
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  13. judy

    judy Well-Known Member

    Mikey.....I have not heard of your artist, but I agree with Johnny that Texas bluebonnets are quite desirable.

    I have my own story about a Texas bluebonnet painting.

    I had the opportunity to buy a estate which contained many many pictures....mostly paintings. In fact I'm unsure now if there were any prints.

    One picture stuck out amongst all the others.

    It was a small painting......mostly blue in color.

    I could not read the artist signature. So I brought it to my shop and hung it one the wall looking for help.

    A friend was able to read the name......Julian Onderdonk!!! Look that up!

    I googled and found him to be very desirable

    I couldn't believe the prices I was seeing.

    I kept it for about 10 years and enjoyed it.

    Finally after talking it over with my daughter, I decided to submit it to Skinner's (AR). I brought it to them (about 30 miles from me) and it was estimated to bring between 10,000 to 15,000.

    It was small...I forget the dimensions, and it needed restoration,

    Well, my little Texas Bluebonnets realized a price of $70,000 at Skinner's. That was about 6 years ago. It enabled me to buy a new van....my old one was 15 years old and needing more and more repairs.

    I would defintely look into your pieces before you just decide to list on eBay.....

    If I can bring up my painting, I'll post it.

    I used to be able to bring it up in the past just for fun, and just did try to post it here, but my particular painting is not showing.
     
  14. antidiem

    antidiem Well-Known Member

    I really like the artist's work, Mike, and Judy, will love to see the one you enjoyed.

    Here is my own painting of Texas Bluebonnets. It's about 3'x4' in size. I painted it as a Christmas gift for my father to hang over the piano. It was rescued after Hurricane Katrina and is currently out on loan as a working painting! It is supposed to be featured in the movie, "The Highwaymen" about the men who tracked Bonnie and Clyde down in Texas! :cat:

    I had to fill out a 1099 for it to work in the movie! Found out - almost no paintings in movies anymore unless the artist him/herself can sign off on their own artwork. The work release I signed allows for the "exploitation" of my paintings too! :cool: And they are fully insured. :eek: :D ;)


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  15. SBSVC

    SBSVC Well-Known Member

    Anti, that is lovely!
     
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  16. 916Bulldogs123

    916Bulldogs123 Well-Known Member

    Wow that's an amazing story. I contacted Texas fine arts Inc. His thoughts were $800 each and he agreed with the id of my artist.
     
  17. verybrad

    verybrad Well-Known Member

    I think that because they are so small, it is hard to compare them to her larger works. Can't really fully execute in your normal way in a small format.
     
  18. judy

    judy Well-Known Member

    Best of luck with the paintings. Hopefully they will go far beyond the estimate as mind did.

    Antidiem.....you have quite a talent!!
     
  19. LIbraryLady

    LIbraryLady Well-Known Member

  20. 916Bulldogs123

    916Bulldogs123 Well-Known Member

    Thank you all for the wonderful help and comments. It may be to far along in this thread to ask more questions but i was wondering on how to sell them as far as a set or separate? This is the mat that came with them and i was thinking if they were to be sold as a set then This would be the way to display them. Either way i have to find either matching frames or one for the double mat.
    Noting that with the mat they would have to be framed behind glass.
    Mike
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